VOLUNTARY DEMOLITION OF FISHPENS AND FISHCAGES IN THE LAGUNA DE BAY

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Fishpens and Fishcages Demolition

On June 29, the Federation of Fish Pen and Fish Cage Operators Association of Laguna de Bay Inc. voluntarily dismantled fish pens in Laguna de Bay, following the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.

LLDA marked the areas for clearing, following the new ZOMAP 2017, while the Federation agreed to shoulder the costs of reduction. The Federation, as per agreement, will reduce their fish pen area to 25 hectares.

On June 29, LLDA was able to dismantle 28 structures, covering an estimated 200 hectares, starting with the NICAVI Fishing Corporation in Binan, Laguna. As of date, LLDA has demolished a total of 1,610 hectares, and has issued cease and desist orders to numerous businesses and industries for water pollution violations.

As per agreement, fish pen operators have until December 31, 2017 to clear areas, and should they fail to demolish the structures, LLDA will take charge of the clearing. LLDA is working closely with the Federation and other partners to ensure the long-term health of the lake and to enhance a more balanced and healthful ecology.